Project: Since all organisms produce bodily waste, waste management is an aspect of every living organism's life-sustaining behaviors. In addition, wastes accumulate as by-products of such activities as eating. The leftover from the meals of early humans and of animals was identical. It either consisted of the waste from non-edible components of food (seeds, bone, pits, sinews, and stems), or from the food's 'packaging' (peels, skins, and rinds). It was all biodegradable. Create a work of art out of waste derived from eating a meal generated and packaged by industrialized food systems. Avoid sending this waste to a landfill by discovering new uses for it.

Research / Discussion: The management schemes utilized in 'waste management' alter depending on the nature of the waste. The artists in this section provide to poignant examples: 

-Hazardous wastes are generated on a large scale by mines, refineries, industrial farms, factories, and processing plants. But the environment's burden of harmful wastes can also be traced to individual consumers who use antibacterial soaps, chlorine based cleaners, solvents, drain cleaners, oven cleaners, motor oil, etc. (Haacke, Ngo, Potrc, Superflex, Yeh)

-Resource wastes are discards that can be recycled into useful raw materials or reassembled into a new useful form. (Hundertwasser, Lee, Ngo, Superflex)

Select one artist discussed in this section who confronts a hazardous waste and one who addresses a resource waste. Explain how these categories of waste determine their waste management schemes.

  • Friday, 14 September 2012